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Since 1954, Dance Magazine has celebrated the living legends among us with the Dance Magazine Awards. This year, in light of deep reflections on racial equity inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the selection committee decided to take a close look at exactly who the magazine has honored over the past seven decades. Unsurprisingly, the list is overwhelmingly white. Although it's grown more diverse in recent years, many brilliant artists of color have been left out for far too long.

So for 2020, in order to reckon with and take a step toward repairing that history, the committee chose an outstanding group of all-Black artists. A ceremony to celebrate this year's Dance Magazine Award recipients will take place virtually on Monday, December 7, with performances and presentations for each honoree. For ticket information, visit dancemediafoundation.org. I'm delighted to announce our incredible honorees for 2020:

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I've had a complicated relationship with dance over the years—from a young girl hell-bent on pursuing a career, to a professional injured on the brink of success, to a grown woman who shunned the art form for years to avoid dealing with physical and emotional pain.

But in the midst of the pandemic, hit with personal loss and grappling with my own battle with illness, I was compelled to face my dance demons head-on. And what I discovered was that dance had been with me all along. And as I turned to others in pain, I realized I wasn't alone in experiencing this dance catharsis.

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From performances to master classes, these competitions and conventions offer prime opportunities for dancers. To list your competition or conventions, please contact Lauren Manning, listings@dancemedia.com, 332-333-1735.

Artistic Dance Exchange

Contact: Juan Borona & Alex Chan
516.749.8975
info@artisticdanceexchange.com
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Competition Info:
Age Divisions: Minis, Juniors, Teens, Seniors, Adults. 2 Levels of Competition

Top 5 Tour Cites 2020-2021:
10/02/20-10/04/20 | Jacksonville, FL
11/20/20-11/22/20 | Kansas City, MO
01/08/21-01/10/21 | Dallas, TX
02/19/21-02/21/21 | New Brunswick, NJ
03/05/21-03/07/21 | Miami, FL

2021 Nationals: 07/02/21-07/06/21 | Orlando, FL

Convention Info:
Performance Opportunities: Yes
Class Divisions: Age

Encore DCS

Contact: Rhonda Marchant and Susan Barnes
803.785.1214
info@encoredcs.com
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Competition Info:

Age Divisions: Recreational and Competitive - 5 & Under, 6-8; Recreational, Competitive and Elite: 9-11, 12-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 25 & Up

Top 5 Tour Cities 2021
Columbia, Greenville, Fort Mill and Myrtle Beach, SC
Indianapolis, IN
Howell, MI
Daytona, FL

2021 Nationals:
07/12 - 07/17/2021 | Charleston, SC

Convention Info:
Performance Opportunities: Yes
Class Division: Age

EnerGy National Dance Competitions

Contact: Gina Dudash

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Competition Info:

Age Divisions: 8 yrs and Under, 9-11yrs, 12-14 yrs, 15-19 yrs, 20 yrs and Over

2021 Nationals:
06/24/2021-06/28/2021 | San Diego, CA
07/12/2021-07/17/2021 | Sandusky, OH

Convention Info:

Popular Instructors:
Todd Flanagan
Patrick LaVallee
Roman Vasquez
Gianna Martello
Lyndsay May
NaythanieL Tavcar


Scholarships: Yes
Class Divisions: Age

Fluid Dance Conventions, Inc.

Contact: Sarah M. Verville
866.659.5554
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Competition Info:

Age Divisions: 4-7 Yrs; 8-10 yrs; 11-12 yrs; 13-15 yrs; 16-19 yrs; 20 yrs and over

Top 5 Tour Cities 2020-2021:
03/05/2021-03/07/2021 | Sacramento, CA
03/26/2021-03/28/2021 | Denver, CO
01/22/2021-01/24/2021 | Omaha, NE
04/23/2021-04/25/2021 | Phoenix, AZ
02/05/2021-02/07/2021 | Seattle, WA

2021 Nationals:
06/24/2021-06/27/2021 | Phoenix, AZ

Convention Info:
Performance Opportunities: Yes
Class Division: Age

Ignite Dance Competition

Contact: Meghan Burgess
843-471-0403
ignitedancecomp@gmail.com
ignitedancecompetition.com

Age Divisions: 4-6 yrs; 7-9 yrs; 10-12 yrs; 13-15 yrs; 16-18 yrs; 19 yrs and over; recreational, competitive, and elite levels

Top 5 Tour Cities 2021:
03/13-14/2021 | Raleigh, NC
03/27-28/2021 | Charleston, SC
04/17-18/2021 | Atlanta, GA
04/24-25/2021 | Cleveland, OH
05/15-16/2021 | King of Prussia, PA

Rainbow Dance Competition

714-995-5883
info@rainbowdance.com
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Age Divisions: Starz of Tomorrow - Rising Starz - Elite Starz - Limitless Starz

Top 5 Tour Cities 2021:
01/15/2021-01/17/2021 | Seattle, WA
01/22/2021-01/24/2021 | Redondo Beach, CA
01/29/2021-01/31/2021 | Escondido, CA
02/05/2021-02/07/2021 | Denver, CO
02/12/2021-02/14/2021 | Cleveland, OH

2021 Nationals:
07/09/2021-07/14/2021 | Pigeon Forge, TN

Starbound National Talent Competition 

Contact: Sandra Coyte
609.693.0563
info@starbound.net
starbound.net

Competition Info:

Age Divisions: 6 & Under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20 & Over,
Three Levels: Intermediate, Competitive, Elite

2021 Nationals:
Atlantic City, NJ, Foxwoods, CT, Lake Tahoe, NV, Chicago, IL, Orlando, FL

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In this global economic crisis, it sometimes feels like the plight of dancers has been largely ignored. So Debbie Allen is on a mission to change that. "They don't list dance and the arts as essential," she says, "but we are! We give people more joy and hope than almost anything."

To spread that joy and hope—and raise some sorely needed funds—Allen is putting on a 12-hour digital dance-a-thon on Saturday, June 13, called Dance To The Music. Along with her co-host, choreographer JaQuel Knight, Allen will be livestreaming from 12 pm to 12 am Pacific, sharing impromptu performances from top dancers, inspirational conversations with celebrities, dance classes with major choreographers, spotlights on studios around the country, and DJ sets that will get us all moving together.

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Many dancers are finding themselves with an unprecedented amount of downtime. After all, there are only so many hours you can spend taking barre in your living room or streaming at-home workout classes.

But what about that nondance skill you're always wanted to sharpen?

Whether you're finding yourself curious, cash-strapped or a mix of both, now's the time to dive into skills to strengthen—or develop—your side hustle. In light of the coronavirus, many companies are offering free or discounted online courses covering just about everything under the sun. Here's a sampling of what's available.

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Photo by Jason Hill, courtesy of Disenhof

When dancer Katherine Disenhof found out her company, NW Dance Project, would be shutting down indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic (on Friday the 13th, no less), she immediately went in search of ways to stay connected and in shape.

At that point, a few virtual class opportunities had emerged, so Disenhof decided to aggregate them on an Instagram account called Dancing Alone Together.

She launched the account that Monday, and by mid-week she'd also created a website. Now, just a few weeks later, Dancing Alone Together has 22K followers—and virtual classes are more than just a growing trend, but a phenomenon that has reshaped the dance world at an unprecedented speed.

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Burmann working with Wendy Whelan at Steps. Photo by Kyle Froman.

Over the last 36 years, scores of dancers passed through Wilhelm Burmann's studio doors at Steps on Broadway in New York City. Burmann, who went by "Willy," welcomed everyone—from huge dance stars to young students with huge dreams. He also welcomed adult students seeking to improve their technique and even students just taking ballet class for exercise.

On Tuesday, March 31, he died of renal failure after his treatment was complicated by the coronavirus, and the dance world lost a beloved teacher and coach.

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